In this issue: Everything from Halloween costumes to Fate are discussed in this issue of the Major Spoilers Podcast.
Show Notes after the Jump!
The Phil “jingo” Gelatt and Rick Lacy Labor Days series is back with a brand new volume – “Just Another Damn Day”.Â Oni Press sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of the second volume, that you can check out after the jump.
This week (tonight) on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew takes a look at the first volume of Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: The Dark Age.
Today Astro City is a shining metropolis on a hill where super-heroes patrol the skies. However, things were not always as bright as they are today. In the early 1970′s, in the wake of a global catastrophe, two brothers, one good and one evil must deal with family secrets and social upheaval, involving heroes from Jack-In-the-Box to the Blue Knight and the unsettling events leading to the final fate of the mysterious Silver Agent. Find out why this era was so troubled through the eyes of two men who survived the depths of it!
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The Source has released a sneak peek of next week’s Red Robin #2, and it finds Tim getting even deeper into his new role.Â Of all the new Batman titles and revamps, Red Robin is my second favorite series.
Juliet Landau created a really the really unique vampire Drusilla in the Buffy the Vampire television series, now the actress is picking up the pen and writing Drusilla into the pages of IDW Publishing’s Angel.Â But before all that happens, Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru reunite to tell the tale featuring the fate of Gunn in Angel #23, before Landau steps up for issues #24 and #25.
â€œWe are very excited to have Brian back on Angel, and the stories heâ€™s telling here really set the tone for whatâ€™s to come,â€ said IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall in a prepared statement. â€œNot only do we see Gunn dealing with the repercussions of his actions in After the Fall, but we also finally get to check in on the intriguing and very insane Drusilla. And having Juliet Landau craft Drusillaâ€™s story in such a clever way is an even bigger bonus for fans, since she has a true understanding of the character and what motivates her.â€
When fans last saw Gunn, his return from Hell left him comatose with only Illyria to look over him. Angel #23 explores what happens next, plus brings back a renowned character as the villain of the issue in an unexpected twist. Landau and Lynch will co-script Angel #24 and #25, with Urru once again handling art and cover chores. British artist Sam Shearon will also provide a cover for the issue. Making this two-issue event a must-have for fans, a new pictorial of Landau will be included as a back-up feature in the issue.
Angel #23 hits shelves in July, with $24 and #5 appearing the following months.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Zenescope Entertainmentâ€™s Grimm Fairy Tales has undergone quite a change since the Belinda came on the scene.Â Instead of telling morality plays like Sela, the tales spun in these tales are quite dark – instead of helping people, the tales are being used to make peopleâ€™s lives even worse.Â Issue #35 is not exception as readers get a modern take on the Picture of Dorian Gray.
Next week, the friendship between Sara Pezzini and Dani Baptiste is put to the test and could change Witchblade forever.Â Top Cow has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek for Witchblade #124, hitting stores of February 4, 2009.
As the battle for the fate of the Watchmen movie plays out in the courtroom, we’re pitting the Watchmen characters against the Charlton characters that inspired them.Â This week’s battle features Doctor Manhattan taking on Captain Atom.
The Talented Mr. Elliot
We are now well within the time period between when Batman disappeared, and the time when he will rise once again to strike fear in the hearts of the wicked and the vile.Â Who will fill those shoes is yet to be revealed, yet until the dawn of the Big Cowling as it will be called (I got nothinâ€™), DC still has comics to sell.Â The last time we saw Paul Dini writing Batman, he was wrapping up his Heart of Hush story line.Â The ending saw Thomas Elliot penniless, and wander the streets of Gotham.Â Howâ€™s he going to rise and become a major player once again?Â Detective Comics #852 reveals the first part of his plan.
The crux of 20th Century Fox’s suit against Warner Bros. to halt the release of Watchmen is that producer Larry Gordon failed in his turnaround agreement with Fox that allowed the company to distribute the film if Gordon was able to sell the concept to another studio.
This has lead to many citing Gordon as the one who is the big villain in this movie fiasco.Â Finally frustrated with all the criticism, Gordon fired off a lengthy letter Federal Judge Gary Frees stating his position in an attempt to clean up his reputation.
Gordon had remained silent since then but fired back Wednesday, stating in a letter filed by his litigation lawyers that he has been subjected to “significant public scorn” for his role in the studio battle and arguing his case that he answered deposition questions “to the best of his knowledge.”
Because it wasn’t filed properly, Judge Frees is refusing to read the letter, which makes any argument Gordon makes moot.Â The fate of Watchmen could be decided as early as Monday, but we probably won’t have a final answer until January 20, 2009.
Wow.Â I mean, really, wow.
After the climactic explosion that ended last issue, and the announcement DC was canceling the Robin title in February, the fate of Tim Drake really seemed to be in question.Â Fortunately, comic books run like the Saturday morning serials of yesteryear, the reports of Timâ€™s death have been greatly exaggerated.Â That doesnâ€™t mean Robinâ€™s life wonâ€™t be shaken, in fact this issue might be the event that changes everything…again!
The $3.99 issue should conclude everything, and set us up for the Dark Noir series coming next.